Speaker Programs

Nature Society speaker programs are held from October to April at the Royal Oak Middle School located at 709 North Washington, between 11 Mile Road and Catalpa.  There is a General Meeting of the Nature Society that takes place a few minutes before the speaker program commences. The speaker programs are usually held on the first Wednesday of the month unless otherwise noted and start at 7:30 pm. The programs are usually slide shows focusing on various natural history topics. If you watch nature programs on PBS or the Discovery channel, our program is better because you can meet afterwards and ask the speakers questions. All Speaker Programs are free and open to everyone. Preregistration is not required.

Upcoming Programs


"Turkey Vultures: The Ghoulish Gourmand " speaker program is being held on December 5th, 2018, beginning 7:30 pm at the Royal Oak Middle School.   Dorothy McLeer, Program Coordinator and an Interpretive Naturalist at the University of Michigan-Dearborn Environmental Interpretive Center, will talk about these masters of the migratory winds that often go unappreciated for their vital job as part of nature's clean-up crew.  Come join us and learn some of their surprising “tricks of the trade” and about their unique adaptations as the ghoulish gourmand of the bird world as well as some local locations to observe the phenomenon of seasonal raptor migration.     

The Nature Society and the Friends of Fungi mycology club will hold a joint session on Wednesday, January 9th, 2019, at the Royal Oak Middle School beginning at 7:30 pm.  The program, “Fungi Fundamentals,” will be presented by Mary Fredricks, the Nature Society mycologist.  This is an introduction to the amazingly diverse group of organisms that include the mushrooms that you put on your pizza, the morels your neighbor finds in a secret spot and raves about, the crusts covering logs in the woods, the strange growths in your lawn that appear after a rain, and much more. 

"Monarch Biology and Conservation" speaker program is being held on Wednesday, February 6th, 2019, beginning 7:30 pm at the Royal Oak Middle School (709 N. Washington).  Monarchs used to dance in our gardens but today, it's hard to find them.  They face perils in nature and the changing landscape from human progress has made their numbers and future survival uncertain.  Monarch caterpillars depend on one type of food source which isn't favored by farmers and is eradicated for its toxic content and habit of spreading.  Yet, it's the state butterfly for many.  A recent movement has sprung up to take steps to conserve this magnificent migrating butterfly.  Debbie Johnson, Monarch Watch Conservation Specialist, will spend time looking at biology, migration, natural enemies, man made threats to its survival and easy methods that anyone can do to help them survive.